Our lawyers offer a wealth of knowledge in the specialist area of franchising and have experience dealing with a wide range of industry sectors.
There is no specific franchise legislation in New Zealand, franchising is governed and regulated under general commercial law, including competition, companies, consumer and fair trading laws. Franchise networks who are members of the Franchise Association of New Zealand (FANZ), must also comply with the Code of Practice and maintain a disclosure document.
Our team has experience advising franchisors in markets where there is specific franchise legislation, including Australia, China, Canada and USA. This experience enables our team to efficiently and effectively assist international franchisors to adapt the franchised business model and suite of franchise documents for market entry and compliance with New Zealand law.
To help you navigate the regulations, we offer expert and strategic advice on:
- Franchise, dealer and licence agreements and documentation
- Ownership structures
- Legal rights and compliance
- Asset protection
- Competition law compliance
- IP protection
- Leasing requirements
- Financing issues
- Employment, and health and safety requirements/issues